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Goleta Needs Large-Scale Evacuation Plan


During recent fires many residents were unable to evacuate because of bumper-to-bumper traffic.

The terrible fact is that there is no official plan for a large-scale evacuation in place for the South Coast, which means that for any natural disaster, or if there were an earthquake or explosion destroying, or partially destroying, the Diablo Canyon nuclear plants, from which we are downwind, we would be unable to escape to protect ourselves.

Community Plans and county officials must provide for Public Health and Safety. The Eastern Goleta Valley Draft Community Plan, now in review at the Planning Commission level, should not have gotten this far without disaster preparedness and emergency evacuation as part of the Plan.

The proposed Community Plan, does not address this very serious issue, and it is imperative that it contain such life-saving information. Furthermore, County’s insistence on rezoning sites to high density only serves to exacerbate this very real and serious problem.

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